Design

    A Pathway to Smarter City Streets

    The streets of new developments may be narrower in future, to make the most of limited land, but that’s not an efficient option for most existing streets. Fortunately, a team from architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and the City Tech Collaborative consortium are thinking of more viable street improvements for existing urban areas, reports American City & County. Using Chicago as object lesson, a team of 30-odd experts in design, engineering, transportation, urban planning, and other fields tackled… Read More »A Pathway to Smarter City Streets

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      A Narrow, Novel Solution for the Nation’s Housing Shortage

      That the United States faces an acute housing shortage should come as no surprise. Eviction moratoria, increased unemployment benefits, and other measures spared many owners and renters from losing their homes at the height of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully one third of renters used some kind of government assistance to pay the landlord, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Unfortunately, lower-income families are still vulnerable, particularly with benefits coming to… Read More »A Narrow, Novel Solution for the Nation’s Housing Shortage

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        AIA Architecture Award Spotlights the Best in Education Design

        Eleven projects got the nod in this year’s Education Facility Design Award program, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced. The program, a longstanding initiative of AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education, recognizes schools and other learning facilities based on criteria such as enhancing learning in classrooms; balancing function with aesthetics; establishing a connection with the environment; being respectful of the surrounding community; demonstrating high-level planning in the design process; and integrating sustainability in a holistic fashion. The awards… Read More »AIA Architecture Award Spotlights the Best in Education Design

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          UC Berkeley Launches Free-Tuition Fellowship for Design Students Pursuing Careers in Social Justice

          A holy grail of community-minded designers has been the establishment of a Federal loan-forgiveness program for architecture and planning students who pursue careers in public or community service upon graduation. Such a program exists for teachers who work five consecutive years in low-income communities, as well as for other occupations.  The College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, led by architect, urbanist, and dean Vishaan Chakrabarti, has stepped into the breach by offering donor-funded, free-tuition fellowships for… Read More »UC Berkeley Launches Free-Tuition Fellowship for Design Students Pursuing Careers in Social Justice

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            Losing a Giant of Postwar Modernism: Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner Gottfried Böhm Dies at 101

            One of Germany’s greatest postwar architects passed away on June 9 in Cologne, at the age of 101, according to The New York Times. The son, husband, and father of architects, Gottfried Böhm completed his first project, a chapel, in 1947, shortly after the end of the Second World War.  Böhm went on to become a leading figure in his country’s reconstruction, particularly in Cologne, filling gaps in the urban fabric caused by Allied bombing and other military actions. He… Read More »Losing a Giant of Postwar Modernism: Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner Gottfried Böhm Dies at 101

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              An Exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art Introduces 10 Young Global Architecture firms

              Veteran curator Raymund Ryan is setting a 21st century standard with his latest exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Architecture Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “The Fabricated Landscape” examines the work of 10 emerging practices from around the globe, all in the context of an exhibition design by Los Angeles–based IN-FO.CO. Those unable to attend in person may enjoy the three-part catalogue, organized along the themes of domestic, civic, and territorial.  The 10 participating… Read More »An Exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art Introduces 10 Young Global Architecture firms

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                Brazilian mayor Jaime Lerner, pioneer of socially conscious planning and transportation, dies at 83.

                It was seemingly the least likely place to enact progressive planning policies: a mid-sized regional capital in Brazil. Yet Mayor Jaime Lerner did precisely that in Curitiba, a landlocked city of 3 million, located a six-hour drive southwest of São Paulo. Lerner, who died on May 27 at the age of 83, according to the Wall Street Journal, trained as an architect and worked as Curitiba’s first planning director before getting elected as mayor in 1971. He held that position… Read More »Brazilian mayor Jaime Lerner, pioneer of socially conscious planning and transportation, dies at 83.

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                  The Business Value of GIS for Design and Construction

                  Our physical world is a rich three-dimensional experience. While architectural and engineering design tools have been dramatically advancing to more effectively engage with 3D, geospatial (GIS) information has also been evolving from 2D maps into detailed surface, subsurface and land-use datasets and visualizations. Now these exciting advancements are joining forces to provide fully informed 3D contextual environments. Esri and Autodesk have partnered with Dodge Data & Analytics on research to understand exactly how the design and construction industry is currently… Read More »The Business Value of GIS for Design and Construction

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                    Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes 2020 – A Survey

                    Since 2006, Dodge Data & Analytics and the National Association of Home Builders have teamed up to survey home builders about their level of green building activity. This new SmartMarket Brief, fourth in this series of studies, reveals the depth and breadth of the green building and sustainable development market for single family and multifamily homes. The report features: Green market building activity, including the top reasons why builders currently engage in green projects Data on marketing activity, including how… Read More »Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes 2020 – A Survey

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                      The Drive Toward Digital Twin Technology Use in Civil Construction

                      In a reversal of the infrastructure sector’s initial general hesitance to switch from two-dimensional drawings to BIM, the last couple of years have seen a growing client appetite for taking BIM to the next level through data – and analytics-driven digital twins, according to Cory Dippold, a vice president in Mott MacDonald’s New York office who heads the company’s new Digital Twin solutions group in North America. “We’re pushing against an open door”, he says. What is a Digital Twin?… Read More »The Drive Toward Digital Twin Technology Use in Civil Construction

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